Presentation on theme: "Justified Protection or Over Regulation. Speakers Clare Dunlop Senior Associate Turcan Connell Paul Forrester Smith Associate Turcan Connell Mark Andrew."— Presentation transcript:
Justified Protection or Over Regulation
Speakers Clare Dunlop Senior Associate Turcan Connell Paul Forrester Smith Associate Turcan Connell Mark Andrew Resident Factor, Haddo Estate and Surveyor Member of the PRHP
Landlord Registration and HMO Licensing Tenancy Deposits Tenant Information Packs Premiums
Landlord Registration Owner must register Registration required before an approach made to a prospective tenant. Offence to let or approach tenant if not registered Maximum penalty now £50,000
Fit and Proper Person Test Amended by Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011 Now take into account firearms and sexual offences Examples of breaches of housing legislation and other matters given:- Disqualification of landlord Landlord having Anti-social Behaviour Order or Anti-social Behaviour Notice against him Failure to fulfil a financial obligation Local Authority can ask for Criminal Record Certificate
Provisions in 2011 Act not yet in force Landlords registration number to be shown on advertisements Court will have authority to make a Disqualification Order Local Authority Powers to obtain information from:- 1.owner/occupier or person with other interest in the house; 2.person acting in relation to a lease or occupancy agreement; 3.person acting for an owner with a view to a lease or occupancy arrangement being entered into. PRHP to supply information to Local Authority about applications
Houses in Multiple Occupancy Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 Licence required in addition to requirement to register House will be an HMO if it is occupied by more than two people who are not members of one or one or other of two families Owner discounted when calculating number of occupants
Anti-Social Behaviour Notices Local Authority have power to serve on an owner Penalties include a right to stop the rent or for the Local Authority to manage a property if a landlord does not take action
Agent Registration Will this be next? Agent to be fit and proper Similar to Property Factors registration?
Tenancy Deposits Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 The Letting Protection Service Scotland (approved 5 th April 2012) Mydeposits Scotland (approved 28 th May 2012) and Safedeposits Scotland (approved 30 th May 2012)
Deposits received since 2 nd July up until 1 st October 2012 should be lodged with a scheme by 12 th November Deposits received on or after 2 nd October 2012 to be lodged within 30 working days of the beginning of the tenancy Remember to send Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirmation letter to tenant
Ensure that Your lease is clear as to what the landlord can claim from the deposit You have record of the condition of the property You have an inventory of the contents and their condition Confirmation of lodging your deposit is sent to the tenant The letter sent to the tenant lists the situations where a claim can be made from the deposit and that this accords with the lease
And more regulation to come …. Agent Registration Tenant Information Packs Premiums
Current definition Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 New definition Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011:- premium means any fine, sum or pecuniary consideration, other than the rent, and includes any service or administration fee or charge.
Setting Up a Short Assured Tenancy Landlord Registered? Energy Performance Certificate AT5 Form Repairing Standard Letter Lease 6 month minimum duration Inventory check Pay deposit into Scheme Tenancy Deposit Confirmation Letter to Tenant